During the Sept. 29 board meeting, the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce board of directors, based on recommendations made by chamber’s governmental affairs committee, voted to take positions on the following ballot measures and propositions:
Measure G: An ordinance increasing the mayor's term of office from two years to four years effective immediatly. American Canyon Chamber of Commerce supports this measure.
Measure S: The airport runway needs to be reconstructed in the near future; this measure seeks approval to reconstruct the runway to meet current FAA standards. The FAA's Airport Improvement program will provide Federal Government grant funding for the reconstruction. This Measure is consistent with the Chamber’s core value to support commerce, therefore we support this measure.
Measure T: If passed would extend the one-half cent flood tax when it expires in 2018 and dedicate future funds to roads and sidewalks in Napa County. This Measure is consistent with the Chamber’s core value to support the community, therefore we support this measure.
Measure U: Proposes to amend the Napa County General Plan to (1) re-designate certain lands in Angwin from urban residential to agriculture, watershed and open space or public-institutional; (2) permit modernization and expansion of the existing sewage treatment facility located on one of the subject parcels west of Howell Mountain Road despite the AWOS designation; and (3) prohibit further subdivision of parcels designated as public-institutional lands throughout unincorporated Napa County. The American Canyon Chamber of Commerce takes no position on this measure
Measure V: Will allow the general public to use Chardonnay Golf Club's restaurant and banquet facilities without having to play a round of golf. This Measure is consistent with the Chamber’s core value to create a strong local economy, therefore we support this measure.
Proposition 30: Increases taxes on earnings over $250,000 for seven years and sales taxes by 1/4 cent for four years, to fund schools. Guarantees public safety realignment funding. Fiscal Impact: Increased state tax revenues through 2018–19, averaging about $6 billion annually over the next few years. Revenues available for funding state budget. In 2012–13, planned spending reductions, primarily to education programs, would not occur.
American Canyon Chamber of Commerce: This Measure is consistent with the Chamber’s core value to provide quality education by providing funds for all levels of education, therefore we support State Proposition 30.
Proposition 38: Increases taxes on earnings using sliding scale, for twelve years. Revenues go to K–12 schools and early childhood programs and for four years to repaying state debt. Fiscal Impact: Increased state tax revenues for 12 years—roughly $10 billion annually in initial years, tending to grow over time. Funds used for schools, child care, and preschool, as well as providing savings on state debt payments.
American Canyon Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber of Commerce works to create a strong local economy and does not believe Proposition 38 provides funds for higher education necessary for a strong local workforce, therefore we are opposed to Proposition 38.